Lucia Maffei

Lucia Maffei

Summer Writing Intern

Lucia Maffei was a Summer writing intern at TechCrunch and grad student of Journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, specializing in business reporting and data visualization.

At TC, she writes about the smartphone industry, with a side interest in photography.

During her career, Lucia has written for both local and national newspapers in Italy. In her free time, she enjoys reading Stephen King’s novels and playing table tennis.

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The Latest from Lucia Maffei

ShakeAlert provides earthquake early warning system

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a series of university partners are developing an earthquake early warning system called ShakeAlert, which aims to provide the general public with alerts up to 10

StudySoup raises $1.7M to help students buy and sell class notes

San Francisco-based education startup StudySoup, which calls itself “a peer-to-peer learning marketplace,” announced it has raised $1.7 million in seed funding. The company works as an onl

Narrative Science can now describe your Tableau charts for you

Tableau Software‘s shares soared 13 percent on Tuesday following the news that it has appointed a new CEO and the announcement that the data analytics provider has partnered with Narrative S

CrunchBase launches its official app for iOS

CrunchBase, the database of startups, announced today the launch of its iOS app. The app allows users to look up information about companies, acquisitions, investors, funding rounds and business news,

How carbon nanotubes could give us faster processors and longer battery life

Carbon nanotubes are one of those supermaterials — a cylinder with a diameter of one or two nanometers — that are full of dreamy applications, ranging from supercomputers to ultra-efficie

Espresa wants to help companies pamper their employees

The range of benefits that Silicon Valley companies offer employees may vary from dental, vision and 401(k) all the way to yoga massages, car washes and beauty services. With tech giants like Faceboo

Intel will start producing ARM chips to boost foundry business

Chip maker Intel and British semiconductor IP company ARM announced an agreement that could help boost the chip giant’s custom foundry business. The deal, revealed today at the the Intel Develop

Hangouts On Air moving from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12

Google announced today that Hangouts On Air will move from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12; users will be asked to migrate to YouTube Live. In an email to TechCrunch, Google confirmed that H

Twitter reportedly in talks with Apple to bring its app and NFL games to Apple TV

The New York Times reported yesterday that the Twitter app may be coming to Apple TV — and with it, Twitter’s live streaming content. If the two companies reach a deal by fall, Apple TV

You don’t need a Google+ profile to post reviews on Play Store anymore

The Google Play Store will not require you to have a Google+ account to write reviews anymore. In an email to TechCrunch, Google confirmed the news that “a G+ profile is no longer needed to post

Yelp will soon let you skip the line at restaurants thanks to Nowait partnership

Yelp and Nowait announced a partnership that will enable Yelp users to check nearby restaurants’ wait times and “get in line” remotely from the Yelp app. Yelp will be making an $8 million str

Yelp tops 2Q expectations, announces partnership with Nowait and names Jed Nachman as COO

Following the bell today, Yelp reported a strong second quarter 2016 financial performance that made the stock soar almost 11 percent in after-hours trading. Yelp’s earnings release included

Robots will cover the Olympics for The Washington Post

The Washington Post announced today that it will use artificial intelligence to report key information about the Olympics. The software will contribute The Post’s coverage of Rio 2016 by posting ra

Online linguistic search engine Ludwig helps get your English on

f you’ve ever tried to write in a language that isn’t your own, you are probably well aware of at least two things: first, writing requires much more time than usual and, second, even on

Zynga plummets 9% in after-hours trading

Social game developer Zynga tumbled 9 percent in after-hours trading following the second quarter 2016 earnings announcement after the bell today. The company reported a net loss of $4.4 million, whi

Tableau Software’s Q2 earnings fall short of estimates

Data analytics provider Tableau Software reported second quarter earnings after the bell today. The Seattle-based company posted a loss due to higher than expected expenses for the quarter, while s

SurveyMonkey study finds social media apps ruled mobile in first half of 2016

A new study from SurveyMonkey Intelligence revealed the 30 most-downloaded and most-used apps in the American iOS and Android app stores so far this year. Social media apps like Facebook, Snapcha

Grubhub announces more investments following strong 2Q

Takeout food delivery platform Grubhub stock soared 26 percent following a way-better-than-expected second quarter earnings release. The online marketplace connecting restaurants and takeout diners b

Groupon reports better-than-expected revenue, still not profitable

Deal site Groupon saw its shares rising today in after-hours trading, following a better-than-expected second quarter earnings report. Analysts expected the Chicago-based company to report negati reports 2Q loss but beats expectations, the Israeli company that helps small business owners build websites, today reported earnings for its second financial quarter of 2016. For the quarter ending June 30, the Tel Aviv-based so
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